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Artist Biography



ACO2, the Australian Chamber Orchestra's precocious little sister, delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs.

ACO2 connects the next generation of talented young Australian musicians with the stars of the ACO, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. The young musicians have all participated in the ACO's Qantas Emerging Artist program and many already play in the state symphony orchestras but choose to spend time experiencing the ACO's high-octane performance style. The best go on tour nationally and internationally with the ACO and it is a testament to the program's success that former ACO2 members Madeleine Boud and Rebecca Chan have been appointed members of the ACO.

ACO2 commenced touring in 2007 and has visited over forty regional centres in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Guest stars have included Tim Freedman from the Whitlams, oud player Joseph Tawadros, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, recorder player Genevieve Lacey and violinist Lara St. John. ACO2 performed in the Classical Destinations II television series screened worldwide and has now been released on CD and DVD by Sony.

ACO2 runs workshops for school-aged students in regional and metropolitan areas. Thus the ACO's Education Program identifies, connects and mentors three generations of Australian string players, making the future of Australian music very bright indeed.

see a list of artists that have performed at previous Four Winds